H3C S5560X-54C-EI Series Converged Gigabit Ethernet Switches

H3C S5560X-54C-EI Series Converged Gigabit Ethernet Switches

H3C’s GE S5560X-EI Smart Scalable Switch Series delivers superior performance, high port density, and ease of installation. These devices offer the following benefits:

Industry-leading high-performance hardware architecture and the most advanced Comware 7 operating system from H3C.

Efficient integration of wired and wireless segments on a unified switching platform. Licensed wireless controller functionality allows wired and wireless traffic to be forwarded locally at the access layer, eliminating the bottlenecks of a typical wireless controller, simplifying wireless deployments and reducing total cost of ownership.

Rugged hardware design with two modular power supplies and two fan modules.

Built-in SmartMC support, providing the simplest and most convenient solution to operate and manage your network.

Advanced enterprise capabilities and free features such as multi-layered security, VxLAN, IRF and Macsec.

High density 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet ports or 10G SFP ports with fiber optic ports built into the device

One ​​expansion slot supporting up to 9 optional interface cards that offer high-density 1GE, 10GE, 25GE, 40GE and multi-Gigabit access ports.

As an access device for corporate networks, this switch can provide high density GE ports for connecting workstations. These models can also be used as a core in small and medium enterprise networks. In metropolitan or industrial networks, switches in this series can provide gigabit connections at the access level and transfer aggregated traffic from downstream switches to core switches.

The S5560X series -EI includes the following models:

S5560X-30C-EI – 24 ports 10/100/1000BASE-T (including 8 combined interfaces), 4 × ports SFP+ 10G/1G BASE-X, 1 expansion slot, 2 slots for fan modules and 2 slots for power supplies.

S5560X-54C-EI – 48 10/100/1000BASE-T ports, 4 × SFP+ 10G/1G BASE-X ports, 1 expansion slot, 2 slots for fan modules and 2 slots for power supplies.

Excellent scalability and high port density

S5560X-EI series switches feature 24 or 48 GE ports and 4 fixed 10GE ports on a single expansion slot card , which supports the installation of 9 types of interface cards, for example, 2-port 10GBaseT / SFP+ card; 8-port SFP+ 10G card; 2-port QSFP+ 40G card with multi-gigabit ports. The switch can have a total of up to 12 10G ports, 2 25G ports, or 2 40G ports. Scalability flexibility and high port density meet the requirements of hybrid configurations with twisted pair ports and fiber ports at the distribution level in large networks or at the core level in SMB networks.

VXLAN technology (virtual eXtensible LAN

Virtual eXtensible LAN (VXLAN) technology is a technology for encapsulating MAC addresses in UDP frames, providing connectivity at the 2 between remote sites using an IP network. Using VXLAN, it is possible to work with virtual machines over long distances and data mobility; This technology is typically used in data centers and at the access layer of campus networks serving multiple companies (tenants). H3C’s VXLAN implementation supports automatic VXLAN tunnel creation using EVPN.

Open application architecture

Within an open H3C Application Architecture (OAA) allows the switch to install high-performance OAP modules that provide specialized functions such as firewall, IPS, or load balancing in addition to conventional traffic forwarding functions. Installing OAP modules allows customers to use the switch as a multi-service device without the need to purchase separate hardware and software systems, such as firewall systems.

Built-in access controller

H3C S5560X-EI switches support the functionality of wireless local area networks WLAN by installing a package of access controller functions on the main control module, which allows you to service both wired and wireless network segments within one device. The integrated access controller provides a low-cost WLAN solution that saves investment and increases traffic forwarding capacity, delivering a truly unified wired and wireless network solution across multiple buildings. One switch supports a maximum of 256 access points.

High performance for IPv4/IPv6 services

The S5560X-EI Series switches feature a dual IPv4/IPv6 stack, providing a comprehensive IPv4/IPv6 solution with support for multiple tunnels, IPv4/IPv6 Layer 3 routing protocols, multicast and policy routing. S5560X-EI Series Switches EI is a mature commercial IPv6 product that has been certified for access network applications by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China and is also IPv6 Phase 2 certified.

H3C Intelligent Resiliency Architecture Technology IRF2

H3C’s S5560X-EI series switches feature Intelligent Resilient Framework 2 (IRF2) technology and provide the following benefits:

Excellent scalability: With IRF2, device aggregation can be done in a plug-and-play fashion by simply adding one or more switches to the IRF2 stack and enabling IRF2 stacking mode on the new device . New devices can be managed through a single shared IP address, allowing software updates to be carried out simultaneously on all devices to reduce network expansion costs.

High reliability: patented IRF2’s 1:N redundancy technology allows each of the slaves in the IRF2 stack to serve as a backup for the master, providing control plane redundancy and data link redundancy, as well as uninterrupted Layer 3 forwarding. This improves reliability and helps avoid interruptions at work and generally improve productivity. If the primary device fails, traffic does not stop.

Load balancing: IRF2 supports aggregation of connections across multiple devices. Connections to upstream and downstream systems can be made through multiple physical links, creating another layer of redundancy and increasing network resource utilization.

Availability: IRF2 technology implemented H3C uses standard 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GE) or 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GE) ports and provides bandwidth allocation for service traffic and application access, with intelligent separation of local traffic from traffic to upstream systems. IRF2 rules can be applied not only at the scale of one rack or adjacent racks, but also at the scale of the entire local network.

Software-defined networks

Software Defined Network (SDN) is an innovative network architecture which separates the network control layer from the data forwarding layer, usually via Openflow. SDN greatly simplifies network management without complexity and overhead, provides flexible traffic management, and offers an excellent platform for core network applications and innovative solutions.

S5560X-EI series switches support a large table of data flows in the network. Combined with H3C’s SDN Controller, they allow you to easily implement a two-tier network architecture and quickly add new features to existing networks to radically simplify network management while significantly reducing maintenance costs.

Comprehensive policies security

Endpoint Admission Defense (EAD), in combination with systems at the core of the network, allows you to combine endpoint security functions such as such as the presence of an antivirus and the latest updates, with network security mechanisms (including network access control and network access control) into an interactive security system. By verifying, isolating, remediating, managing and monitoring endpoint access, the system allows you to move from reactive, targeted network security to proactive, end-to-end security, and from isolated to centralized policy management. This system provides a higher level of protection for the network as a whole from numerous security threats, and also allows for a better response to new threats.

The switches support unified MAC authentication -addresses, according to 802.1x and through the portal; dynamic and static binding of user identities such as user account, IP address, MAC address, VLAN and port number; and dynamically applying user profiles or policies (such as VLANs, QoS control settings, and ACLs) to users. When you use a switch with the H3C IMC management system, you can manage and monitor active users in real time and take immediate action if violations are detected.

The switches offer the ability to assign a large number of access control lists for incoming and outgoing traffic, as well as VLAN-based access control lists.

The switch supports a reverse forwarding method for unicast traffic ( Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF), which protects the network from attacks aimed at spoofing the source, as well as from attacks denial of service (DoS) and distributed DDoS attacks.


MACsec is an ideal channel protocol layer to provide hop-by-hop security for Ethernet networks that are typically not secure. It provides the following features:

Data Encryption – Encrypting data over the Ethernet link provides protection against security threats such as eavesdropping.

Replay protection – prevents packets from being intercepted and subsequently modified during transmission to protect the network from unauthorized access.

Tampering protection – prevents packet modification to ensure data integrity.

MACsec supports the following deployment options:

Client-centric – protects the data link between the client and its access device.

Device-centric – protects the data link between two adjacent devices.

The switch can interface with the H3C iNode client and core switches such as the S10500 and S7500E to implement a comprehensive MACsec solution.

High Availability

The switches feature the following high availability hardware:

redundant power supplies according to the 1+1 scheme and redundant fan modules according to the 1+1 scheme.

Support for various AC and AC power supplies dc.

Automatically monitors the status of power supplies and fan modules, and generates alarms when power supply or temperature events are detected.

Adjustment of fan speed depending on temperature changes.

In addition to hardware redundancy, switches provide various mechanisms for reserving nodes and channels, as well as the following security mechanisms:

Ethernet link aggregation, including LACP.

Spanning tree protocols, including STP, RSTP and MSTP.

Smart Link, which provides faster failover in networks with two backbone interfaces.

Rapid Loop Prevention Protocol (RRPP).

IRF 2 in a ring topology combined with link aggregation across multiple chassis.

Comprehensive quality of service (QoS) management features


The switches implement a wide range of quality of service management functions, including the following:

Packet content filtering header fields at layers 2 to 4, including based on source MAC address, destination MAC address, source IP address, destination IP address, TCP/UDP port number, protocol type, and VLAN.

Flexible algorithms for organizing and scheduling queues, configurable at the individual port and queue levels, including Strict Priority (SP), Weighted Round Robin (WRR) ), Weighted Fair Queuing (WFQ) and SP+WFQ.

Control of guaranteed access rate (CAR) with a minimum step of 64 kbits /s.

Port mirroring for both inbound and outbound directions for network monitoring and troubleshooting purposes.


Extensive management capabilities

The S5560X-EI series switches provide a variety of management ports, such as a console port, a mini USB port, and a network port for out-of-band management. The devices support Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) v1/v2/v3, Open View, IMC, Command Line Interface (CLI), Web-based Network Management System and Telnet to simplify device management. In addition, SSH2.0 is supported to protect the control channel.

S5560X-EI series switches support SPAN/RSPAN/ERSPAN mirroring technologies and multiple mirroring ports , which allows you to analyze traffic and take the necessary measures in terms of management and maintenance, as well as monitor the traffic of network services and applications. The S5500X-EI switches provide network flow analysis reports that can help you quickly optimize your network design and manage resource deployment.

Smart Management Center (SmartMC)

< p style="font-weight: 400;">SmartMC represents the latest, innovative H3C solution, which helps small and medium-sized businesses manage their network management challenges using a free, easy-to-use web-based tool. SmartMC is an on-switch management tool available in management switches and other access network switches.

SmartMC has the following advantages:

Smart Operation: Once the switch is powered on and the SmartMC function is activated, the topology is automatically built and displayed to the user in a rich web GUI to check the current status.

< p style="font-weight: 400;">Centralized management: All management operations can be performed through the management switch, including centralized configuration backup and software versioning for increased efficiency.

One-click device replacement: If one of the switches fails, a new replacement switch of the same type can be automatically loaded with the same configuration so that it immediately starts working like the previous one.

DRNI Architecture

H3C S5560X-EI series switches support DRNI (Distributed Resilient Network Interconnect) connection aggregation technology across devices, realizing the connection between devices by virtually combining two physical devices into one, while control modules continue to operate independently of each other and provide device-level redundancy and joint traffic processing to improve system reliability.

Visualization capabilities

H3C’s S5560X-EI series switches support telemetry technology to send real-time switch resource and alarm information to the O& ;M) using the GRPC protocol.

This platform allows you to monitor the quality of network operation over the past periods, troubleshoot problems, and receive early warnings about events , perform architecture optimization and perform other functions that guarantee the required level of user experience through real-time data analysis.

Additional information

Switching capacity of ports

336 Gbps

Packet forwarding speed

252 million packets/s


1 GB/2 GB

Ethernet management ports


Console port

1 micro-USB console port, 1 RJ-45 console port, only the micro-USB console port will be available., When connected to both ports

Working ports

4 SFP+ 10G ports, 48 ​​10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet ports with auto-sensing

Expansion slots


Stacking Interface Bandwidth

Maximum 160 Gbps

Compatible interface modules

8 x 1/2.5/5G BASE-T twisted pair Ethernet ports, 8 x 10G SFP+ ports Interface module, 8 x 10G SFP+ ports Interface module with MACSec support, Interface module with 2 electrical 10G ports, Interface module with 2 QSFP+ 40GE ports, Interface module with 2 SFP+ 10G ports, Interface module with 4 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet ports and 6 SFP ports (2 combo ports), Interface module with 8 x 1/2.5/5/10G BASE-T twisted pair Ethernet ports

AC input voltage

Nominal: 100 .. 240 V a.c. current, 50/60 Hz, PSR150-A1 and PSR150-A2: Max: 90…264 Vac current, 47 .. 63 Hz

DC input voltage

Can use -48 VDC power supply in equipment room or H3C redundant power supply (H3C RPS800-A or RPS1600-A), Max.: -36.. -72 VDC. current, Nominal: –48 .. –60 V DC current, PSR150-D1:

Minimum power consumption

One AC power input: 27 W, One DC power input: 24 W, Two AC power inputs: 31 W, Two DC power inputs: 29 W

Maximum power consumption

One AC power input: 88 W, One DC power input: 89 W, Two AC power inputs: 93 W, Two DC power inputs: 96 W



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